Who needs the holidays when you can just gain weight at work?

Whew, I survived Thanksgiving without gaining a pound! It wasn’t because I passed on seconds, skipped dessert or binged and purged; In fact, I celebrated Thanksgiving twice and baked cookies and pies during the break. So what’s my secret to avoiding holiday weight gain? Not being at work.

When I’m not at work, I can have toast and coffee for breakfast, a Zone bar around 2 p.m. and then not eat anything else until dinner. But when I’m in the office, I feel famished two hours after breakfast, drink two cups of coffee every day and snack on cookies, Chex mix and whatever else I can get my hands on between meals. I eat due to stress. I eat socially with my coworkers. (“Sure, I’ll go eat lunch even though I just finished breakfast!”). I eat to avoid working on a project.

Because I must work and since stress on the job is pretty much inevitable, I have to do my part to keep the weight off while also feeding my never-ending pit of a stomach. By no means am I an expert, but here are 10 tip’s that seems to work for me:

  1. Drink a lot of water.
  2. Bring in “healthy snacks” like fruit, vegetables and crackers to offset cravings.
  3. Don’t deny yourself anything but practice portion control.
  4. This one is terrible, I know, but drinking diet soda helps curb my sweet tooth.
  5. Try to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes, including weekends.
  6. Be mindful of calories but don’t fixate on them.
  7. Keep a bag of M&Ms around (peanut or almond M&Ms work well) and have five or fewer when you need something sweet. Your goal is to make that bag last as long as possible.
  8. Minimize your consumption of frozen meals. From everything I’ve read they’re just not good for you.
  9. Make sure your weekly ratio of good meals to bad meals leans more toward the good.
  10. Go grocery shopping and include fruit, vegetables, high fiber cereals and everything you need for a sandwich on your list.